Monday, July 30, 2018

Dylan Carlson Update

While a number of boys that Jack played baseball with and against went on to play in college [2018, 2017], Dylan Carlson was drafted by the Cardinals and went straight into the minor leagues. Carlson was the Sacramento Bee's All-Metro player of the year in 2016. Jack played with Dylan on the Elk Grove Gunners team that went to Cooperstown in 2009.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Dinner with the Gainsleys

Sharon and I met the Gainsleys at Ruth Chris for a drink and then wandered over to Piatti for dinner. Although I saw Kevin at Rod's golf tournament, the four of us haven't got together since their Christmas party.

Sharon and I spilt a Farm Lettuces salad [radish, cucumber, cherry tomato, ricotta salt, herb vinaigrette]. For entrees, I had the Pappardelle [5 hour pork & beef bolognese, spinach, olive oil], while Sharon had a Grilled Prime Rib Eye [romano beans, avocado chimichurri, parmesan fries].

Friday, July 27, 2018

Game Night

Friday night, Sharon and I watched Game Night as a rental on the AppleTV. Scrolling through the list of movies on the AppleTV, it caught our eye last month. We watched the trailer and mentally added to the list of something to watch in the future.

Game Night is a 2018 American black comedy film that stars Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams. It was released February 28, 2018. It follows a group of friends whose game night turns into a real-life mystery after one of them is kidnapped by apparent burglars.

The movie is mildly entertaining. At only 100 minutes, Game Night is a nice short diversion. Sharon enjoyed it more than I did. I give it a thumbs up...

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Sutter Health CIO, 2 IT leaders depart

I worked for Sutter Health for sixteen years from 1998 to 2014. I worked with Randy Davis for that entire period. Randy started at Sutter Health in September of 1997. Jon Manis came to Sutter Health in late 2006. I reported directly to Jon for the first couple of years after he started at Sutter. Stuart James joined Sutter Health as a Regional CIO in February of 2013.
Sutter Health CIO, 2 IT leaders depart

Three executives leading IT operations, including the CIO, have left Sacramento, Calif.-based Sutter Health, a health system spokesperson confirmed to Becker's Hospital Review. The health system named Chris Van Pelt its interim CIO.

The three leaders who left are:

Senior Vice President and CIO Jonathan Manis
• Chief Information Services Operating Officer Stuart James
• Director of Information Services Finance Randy Davis

Sutter Health's spokesperson declined to directly answer questions about the departures and interim appointment, but furnished the following written statement:

"While we can't discuss personnel decisions, we can confirm that three senior leaders at Sutter Health Information Services have left the organization. We are in the process of engaging a highly qualified leader, Chris Van Pelt, to serve as interim Chief Information Officer. Van Pelt, along with a multi-disciplinary team, will help accelerate our efforts to connect technology with our clinical operations as part of our ongoing commitment to deliver compassionate, high-quality patient care."

In May, Sutter Health experienced a communications outage that prevented access to its EHR system. The systemwide outage was resolved after more than 24 hours of downtime. The issue was caused by an activation of a fire suppression system at one of its data centers.

Sutter Health confirms departure of 3 senior IT leaders

Sutter Health confirms departure of 3 senior IT leaders

Sacramento, California-based Sutter Health confirmed Wednesday that three senior IT leaders recently left the health system and a new interim chief information officer has been named.

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Services Officer Jonathan Manis, Chief Information Services Operating Officer Stuart James and Director of Information Services Finance Randy Davis are the senior IT officials who have left the organization.

A spokesperson told FierceHealthcare the organization could not discuss personnel decisions.

"We can confirm that three senior leaders at Sutter Health Information Services have left the organization," she said in an emailed statement. "We are in the process of engaging a highly qualified leader, Chris Van Pelt, to serve as interim chief information officer."

In May, Sutter suffered a critical failure of its information systems when activation of a fire suppression system of one of the health system’s data centers shut down its Epic EHR, the Sacramento Bee reported.

The Bee also reported employee concerns about how Sutter handled the outage.

The confirmation came after a shake-up of senior leadership was rumored on social media earlier in the day.

Sutter said in the statement that Van Pelt will work with a multidisciplinary team to "help accelerate our efforts to connect technology with our clinical operations as part of our ongoing commitment to deliver compassionate, high-quality patient care.”

Sutter has been in the midst of upgrading its IT system to cloud-computing capabilities and undergoing a three-year data center consolidation project, Healthcare Facilities Today reported.

The federal Health IT Advisory Committee also recently announced that Sutter Health's clinical informatics officer will co-chair a 21-member Interoperability Standards Priorities Task Force, according to Politico.

Manis has served as CIO and senior vice president at the health system since 2006. James has been at Sutter since 2015.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

California Historical Landmark #330

With my job change in the fall of 2016, I haven't been traveling quite as much. Taking advantage of Sharon and Janie being in Wichita, I decided to spend the afternoon tracking down a number of historical markers. I ended up visiting eight markers, including: First Tehama County Courthouse [#183]; Hooker Oak [#313]; Old Suspension Bridge [#314]; Bidwell's Bar [#330]; Last Yahi Indian [#809]; Posted Water Notice Site [#831]; Chico Forestry Station and Nursery [#840.2], and; Mother Orange Tree of Butte County [#1043].

Bidwell's Bar
California State Historical Landmark #330

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This landmark is located in the Lake Oroville State Recreation Area, Tidwell Canyon, Tidwell Canyon Road, Oroville, California in Butte County. There are 10 other California State Historical Landmarks in Butte County. The GPS coordinates for this location are 39° 32' 15.1" N 121° 27' 17.9" W.

California Historical Landmark #330

From 1853 to 1856 Bidwell's Bar served as the second county seat of Butte County. The site of the courthouse, now inundated by Oroville Reservoir, is 120 yards west of this small monument.

California Historical Landmark #330

California Historical Landmark #330

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Health care giants are racing to Roseville

Health care giants are racing to Roseville. Here’s what it means for patients – and the region’s economy

Roseville leaders are eagerly anticipating the addition of about 1,200 jobs, added growth and economic opportunity stemming from three expansions at Kaiser Permanente, Adventist Health and Sutter Health over the next several years.

The first building scheduled to open, in January 2019 at the intersection of North Sunrise Avenue and Stone Point Drive, is Adventist Health's corporate headquarters, which will consolidate the health care company's six Roseville buildings into one 275,000-square-foot building, expected to cost $100 million.

The Christian health care organization, which operates 19 hospitals and more than 280 clinics on the West Coast, has been based in Roseville since 1985, and is the sixth-largest employer in the city. Adventist owns the building that houses its current headquarters, at 2100 Douglas Blvd., but also leases five buildings around town.

Adventist's consolidation is "primarily space- and growth-related," vice president of talent strategy Doris Tetz Carpenter said.

“Our Roseville hub is very strategically focused to serve all our communities and clinics and hospitals," she said. "For us, the change is less about direct patient access in Roseville and more about supporting … the rest of our organizations."

Now, services like human resources, information technology and strategy will be in the same place. Adventist, which lists 24 available jobs in Roseville on its website, is also building a clinic for its Roseville employees, Tetz Carpenter said.

Matteoli said the city is pleased Adventist chose to build its corporate headquarters there.

It's "really great that they decided to consolidate and keep everything here," she said. "They’re a really neat addition to the city of Roseville." Mattel expects the new building to add about 800 jobs to the city.

Monday, July 23, 2018

More Rugby World Cup Sevens

Until I read the article about Stephen Tomasin from the Santa Rosa Press Democrat at the Rambler on Friday night, I really didn’t appreciate what I was attending this last weekend. I just hadn’t paid that much attention…

This was the seventh edition of the Rugby World Cup Sevens. Tournament venues have included:

1993 – Edinburgh, Scotland
1997 – Hong Kong
2001 – Mar del Plata, Argentina
2005 – Hong Kong
2009 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2013 – Moscow, Russia {Attendance was poor with matches played in mostly empty stadiums.}
2018 – San Francisco, United States

With Rugby Sevens in the 2016 Olympics, a one-time five-year gap from the 2013 competition occurred. Unlike previous Rugby World Cup Sevens tournaments, the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens was played in a knock-out format.

This was USA team’s highest finish. Previous finishes have included:

1993 – 17th
1997 – 18th
2001 – 13th
2005 – 13th
2009 – 13th
2013 – 13th
2018 – 6th

Sunday, July 22, 2018

2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens - Day 3

2018 Rugby World Cup SevensSleeping a little later, Wallen and I ended up watching the British Open. Tiger was leading in the final round on the eleventh before making a series of mistakes. Six years ago, I bet Rod Renteria that Tiger wouldn't win another major before our boys graduated from high school. He still owes me for that bet...

Wallen and I packed up our bags and dropped them with the bell captain. We wandered down to the Cafe Mason. We met Tomasin and Snipes for breakfast.

After breakfast, we stopped back at the room for a few minutes. Snipes and Keith met us at the Marriott. They dropped their bags with the bell captain and then we all walked to AT&T Park.

The USA played Scotland at 11:56 am. They won by the score of 28 to 0. Stephen Tomasin played the whole game.

With USA playing their second game of the day at 5:00 pm, it was a long afternoon. We saw lots of rugby; over the course of the three days, I think that there was 84 mens and women's games! At one point, I did a walkabout and explored the stadium.

The USA played in the 5th/6th game against Argentina. Unfortunately, they got their head handed to them. They lost by the score of 33 to 7. Stephen Tomasin played the whole game. He actually scored two points on the drop kick after the USA's only goal. USA finished 6th out of the 24 teams in the tournament. We had three Argentines sitting right in front of us.

We decided not to stay for the final game. New Zealand beat England by the score of 33 to 12.

Wallen, Snipes, Keith and I walked back to the hotel, collected our bags, got the car and headed for home. I dropped the three of them in Davis. I rolled home about 8:15 pm.

It was a great weekend. It was nice to see everyone. I have to be honest. I really didn't understand the nature of the event. More on that tomorrow...

Saturday, July 21, 2018

2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens - Day 2

2018 Rugby Wor1d Cup SevensIn spite of the late night, I was up and moving fairly early. With Wallen still sleeping, I headed down to the concierge lounge for a quick breakfast. When I wandered back up to the room, Wallen was still out. I decided to head to the health club. I ran four miles in 50 minutes.

Back in the room, I got cleaned up. Wallen and I headed to the Donatello to catch up with the Tomasins. Tomasin, Juile, Pat, Kathy and I ended up having breakfast at the Café Mason. Both Wallen and I had huevos rancheros. Snipes and Keith eventually showed up and had breakfast there also.

From there, we walked to AT&T Park. The men's fixtures started in the afternoon with United States playing England as the last day of the afternoon. To me, the most surprising thing of the weekend was the Fiji fans. When Fiji played Argentina on Saturday, the place was packed. The Fiji fans were going wild and there were Fiji flags everywhere. Wallen made the comment that the entire country must have been there! It was incredible.

At the end of the day, USA lost to England in overtime by the score of 24 to 19. Rugby sevens is a game of ball possession. USA failed to control the ball twice when they were receiving the kick-off. Both times led to quick scores by England. At the beginning of the overtime, England kicked off to USA, USA failed to control the ball, and England scored also immediately to end the game. Stephen Tomasin didn't started, but played most of the second half.

After the game, Wallen and I stopped at the Marriott Marquis. We had one expensive drink in The View Lounge before heading to dinner.

Julie made reservations for 16 at the Stinking Rose for 7:15 pm. The group included Hunter and Yuli and Swedberg and Deb. Swedberg and Deb were on the '11 Rugby Wor1d Cup trip to New Zealand. I had an excellent fresh black linguine with shellfish in a zesty tomato sauce.

After dinner, the group headed back to the Rambler. Wallen and I called it a night about 11:30 pm.

Friday, July 20, 2018

2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens - Day 1

2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens - Day 1

Heading to the airport early, I had a sandwich in the Gateway Bar at the Sacramento Airport. Wallen's flight arrived about 11:50 am. After a quick adult beverage, we headed to Davis to pick up Snipes and Keith. From there, we headed into San Francisco. The plan for the long weekend was to watch lots of rugby; we will be attending the Rugby World Cup Sevens at AT&T Park on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The traffic into the city wasn't too bad. Wallen spent about half the trip on a work call. We got the Marriott Marquis about 2:40 pm. Snipes and Keith took an Uber to their hotel. After getting checked in, Wallen and I trekked to the Rambler to connect with Tomasin and Julie. They were staying nearby at the Club Donatello. We ended up with a fairly large group, including David and Mikey and a couple of their friends as well as the Snipes.

From there, we walked towards AT&T Park. We stopped and had dinner at Umami Burgers SOMA. I had a Manly Burger. It was a short walk from the restaurant to the park.

USA played the last match of the night. They played Wales and won by the score of 35 to 0. Stephen Tomasin played about half of the second half.

After the game, we wandered back towards the hotel. Wallen crashed, while Snipes and I headed back to the Rambler. I ended up wandering back to the hotel just before 1:00 am...

USA Rugby Players Stephen Tomasin Tee

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Neighborhood Book Club

Sharon is part of a neighbor book club that meets about every two months. Thursday night, they met at Debi's house to discuss Force of Nature by Jane Harper. Sharon also read The Dry by the same author.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Prince Philip: The Turbulent Early Life of the Man Who Married Queen Elizabeth II

My book for July is Prince Philip: The Turbulent Early Life of the Man Who Married Queen Elizabeth II by Phillip Eade. After watching the first two seasons of the The Crown, I walked away thinking that I have to read a book about Prince Phillip and found this one in Amazon.

I came away from the book with three general observations. First, the names and interrelationships of all the European royal families in the 19th and early 20th century are a little overwhelming. There were so many people in and out of Phillip and his parent's lives that it was hard to keep them all straight. It is really amazing how the European royal families were related!

Second, I didn't appreciate the extent of Phillip's World War II service and his naval career after the war. While it is mentioned in passing in The Crown, he saw some serious action in the Mediterranean during the war. Additionally, Phillip had a serious naval career as an officer before marrying Elizabeth.

Finally, in the series, you do get a sense that Phillip's parents abandoned him at fairly young age. Nevertheless, the degree to which he moved around and lived with different families in different countries is astonishing. His parents left his upbringing to other people.

I enjoyed the book and recommend it. It is a great supplement to the Netflix series The Crown.

Monday, July 16, 2018

2018 Sharon in DC - Day 4

Sharon and Jack spent the morning on campus visiting a couple of The Corp businesses where Jack is working this summer, including Vital Vittles and Uncommon Grounds. I am jealous; I haven't had a chance to visit Uncommons Grounds!

They had an early lunch at The Tombs. The three of us ate lunch there over two years ago when we were visiting Georgetown for the GAAP weekend!

After lunch, Sharon wandered back to the hotel and checked out. She was originally planning to do some more shopping in Georgetown, but decided that it was just too hot.

She took off early for the airport via an Uber. She boarded a 5:15 pm nonstop United flight from Dulles to Sacramento. The flight was a little delayed due to thunderstorms. It eventually took off about 5:35 pm. She was back in Sacramento at 8:14 pm. Upgrading her seat in the morning, it was an easy flight and she was one of the first people off the plane. Her luggage came off quickly and we were home a little after 9 pm.

Sharon had a great visit with Jack!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

2018 Sharon in DC - Day 3

Sleeping late, Sharon eventually connected with Jack. They headed to the Lucky Bar near Dupont Circle to watch the World Cup final. The place was packed. They ended up having breakfast and standing for the whole game. In an entertaining game, France beat Croatia by the score of 4 to 2. Jack and I watched France lose the World Cup final to Italy in Paris in 2006!

Heading back to Georgetown, they spend some time shopping, including the Nike store. At one point, they wandered up to the bar at the top of the Graham Hotel. Sharon and I discovered this spot when we helped Jack move in for his sophomore year.

In the late afternoon, Sharon and Jack walked up to the Safeway on Wisconsin. They stocked up on some groceries for Jack.

For dinner, they headed to the Fig and Olive near the White House. Sharon had PAELLA NOIR [Squid Ink Rice, Diver Scallop, Jumbo Shrimp, Clams, Spanish Chorizo, Artichoke & Fennel Salad, Saffron Aioli]. Sharon was underwhelmed by the meal.

They finished the day wandering the mall from the War World II Memorial to the Lincoln Memorial to the Korean War Memorial. They caught a cab back to the hotel.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

2018 Sharon in DC - Day 2

Sharon started the day with juice and a breakfast burrito at Jaco Juice and Taco Bar. Jack joined her there.

From there, Sharon and Jack walked into Georgetown and rented bikes. They rode up the Rock Creek Parkway to the zoo. Sharon and I hiked this section last fall when we were there for parent weekend. They dropped the bikes at the zoo. Admission to the zoo was free. They wandered in, got a cold drink and visited a few animals.

Eventually, they took an Uber back to the hotel. After a short break, they took an Uber to Bobby Flay's Burger Palace for lunch. Sharon said that the burgers were very good.

After lunch, Sharon and Jack explored the Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Located on the mall, I haven't been to this museum. It was conceived as the United States' museum of contemporary and modern art. The Hirschhorn focuses its collection-building and exhibition-planning mainly on the post–World War II period.

From there, they walked to the National Portrait Gallery. Although we visited it during our visit in 2011, Jack didn't remember going there. New to the collection are the portraits of Michelle and Barack Obama.

Heading back to the Georgetown, they finished the day with dinner at the Peacock Cafe. Sharon had ROASTED SCOTTISH SALMON [Grilled Sweet Potato, Asparagus, Salsa Verde], while Jack had an AHI TUNA SALAD [Arugula and Endive Salad, Sesame-Lemon Dressing].

Friday, July 13, 2018

2018 Sharon in DC - Day 1

Sharon and I left the house just after 6:20 am. Dropping Sharon at the old terminal, she breezed through the luggage check and security in less than 15 minutes. Sharon caught a 8:10 am United flight nonstop to Dulles.

She was on the ground just before 4:00 pm. It took an hour to get her luggage and then another hour in an Uber to get to Georgetown. Breaking with our tradition, Sharon is staying in the heart of Georgetown at the Georgetown Inn.

After getting cleaned up, Sharon walked a couple of blocks to the house where Jack is spending the summer. After a quick tour, they headed to dinner.

Sharon and Jack had dinner nearby at Cafe Milano. They split ASSORTMENT DI SALUMI E PROSCIUTTO TERRA DI SIENA CON PECORINO E BRUSCHETTA [Assorted “Terra di Siena” Cured Meats, Pecorino Cheese, Tomato Bruschetta] and CAPELLINI ANN HAND [Angel Hair Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes and Basil Sauce]. For entrees, Sharon had BRANZINO DEL MEDITERRANEAN AL ROSMARINO E VERDURE PRIMAVERILI [Roasted Imported Whole Mediterranean Sea Bass with a Rosemary White Wine Sauce], while Jack had OSSOBUCO ALLA TOSCANA, FAGIPOLI CANNELLONI E SPINACH [Tuscan Style Veal Shank in a Tomato and Vegetables Sauce, Cannelloni Beans and Spinach]. Sharon was underwhelmed by the meal...

After dinner, they walked down to the Georgetown waterfront. Sharon said that it was zoo. Sharon eventually crashed, while Jack headed to a Corp mixer.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

California Historical Landmark #1043

With my job change in the fall of 2016, I haven't been traveling quite as much. Taking advantage of Sharon and Janie being in Wichita, I decided to spend the afternoon tracking down a number of historical markers. I ended up visiting eight markers, including: First Tehama County Courthouse [#183]; Hooker Oak [#313]; Old Suspension Bridge [#314]; Bidwell's Bar [#330]; Last Yahi Indian [#809]; Posted Water Notice Site [#831]; Chico Forestry Station and Nursery [#840.2], and; Mother Orange Tree of Butte County [#1043].

Mother Orange Tree of Butte County
California State Historical Landmark #1043

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This landmark is located at 400 Glen Drive, Oroville, California in Butte County. There are 10 other California State Historical Landmarks in Butte County. The GPS coordinates for this location are 39° 30' 40.1" N 121° 30' 15.0" W.

California Historical Landmark #1043

Judge Joseph Lewis planted this Mediterranean Sweet Orange seedling near the toll bridge at Bidwell’s Bar, Butte County, in 1856. It has survived hard times and is the oldest living orange tree in California. “From its example and largely from its offspring, a new industry was started in a new section hundreds of miles north of a known citrus region. It was a true Pioneer.” – Dr. H. J. Webber, Director, Citrus Experiment Station, Riverside, 1927. The Mother Orange was moved from Bidwell Bar during the construction of Oroville Dam in 1964 to protect it from inundation.

California Historical Landmark #1043

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Sharing a house in Georgetown for the summer

In early June during my trip to Washington DC, I helped Jack move his stuff out of storage to a house four blocks from campus. He will be sharing a basement in the house while he is working for The Corp this summer.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

All the Money in the World

Saturday night while Sharon was in Wichita, I watched All the Money in the World. Sharon had watched it on the flight back from New York at Easter. This is still part of my continuing effort to see all of this year's Oscar nominated films.

The movie is based on John Pearson's 1995 book Painfully Rich: The Outrageous Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Heirs of J. Paul Getty. The film depicts J. Paul Getty's refusal to cooperate with the extortion demands of a group of kidnappers from the organized crime Mafia group 'Ndrangheta, who abducted his grandson John Paul Getty III in 1973.

It stars Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg, Charlie Plummer, and Timothy Hutton. For his performance as Getty, Christopher Plummer received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

Kevin Spacey originally portrayed J. Paul Getty. After multiple sexual misconduct allegations were leveled against Spacey, the role was recast with Plummer. Scenes were reshot just a month prior to the film's release.

This is a solid movie. I enjoyed and recommend it.

Monday, July 09, 2018

To Bakersfield and back

I spent the day winding my way to Bakersfield and back. I caught an 8:30 am Southwest flight from Sacramento to Burbank. Boarding with A46 from the rear of the plane, I wasn't able to get an exit row. This is the first time in at least eight flights on Southwest that I wasn't able to get an exit row... The flight left Sacramento about 20 minutes late.

A coworker picked my boss and I up at Burbank and drove us to Bakersfield. We had lunch with the market IT team. Afterwards, we spent some time visiting with the CFO and President separately.

At the end of the day, we drove back to Burbank. After some Mexican food in the airport, we caught a 8:10 pm Southwest flight back to Sacramento. Boarding with A19, I was the fourth person on the plane. I got one of the exit rows... It was a very empty flight with only 50 people aboard. I was home just before 10 pm.

Sunday, July 08, 2018

Selected 2018 College Baseball Statistics

Last year, I started wondering how some of the boys that Jack played baseball with and against were doing in college. I updated the table for the 2018 season.

Alex IsolaYavapai Valley JC5542128224711283924220.367
Nick SogardLoyola Marymount535318531605122130260.324
Tanner DodsonCal5454228407312-12719400.320
Mychael GoudreauAzusa Pacific52521995662152-3530350.312
Matt ClarkeAmerican River393915419367--184140.301
Aaron WongChapman484717842539-11627220.298
Joe McNamaraSacramento City5248174474952127240.282
Matthew CantelmeCSU East Bay503095112651-119280.274
Darren BakerCal544417229476-1237180.273
Jared AlamedaCosumnes River403612624346-1106240.270
Brian MorleyOld Dominion504413120353162512310.267
Bret LittleStanislaus State506812---140.250
Greg VaughnLIU Brooklyn575520142489132333430.239
Joey MejiaUOP51811-----1160.000
Nick IwasaOn Sacramento State roster
Niko DugayOn Menlo College Club baseball roster
Alex DaileyNot on Stevens Institute roster
Sam StitlnerNot on UOP roster
Trevor ZscheileNot on Simpson University roster
Chris LoebMissing in action